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On the Radar: Social assistance in Ontario: a few key developments
December 6, 2019
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This fall, the provincial government decided to cancel certain changes they planned to make to social assistance rules.

In this month's On the Radar, we highlight these rules about the Transition Child Benefit and earnings exemptions, to let people know that they've not changed. We also talk about possible changes to the definition of disability and what they could mean to people living on low incomes.

On the Radar: Watch out for this scam to get rid of tenants and raise rents
November 8, 2019
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This month's On the Radar looks at how some landlords trick tenants into moving out, by pretending that they need a rental unit for their own use.

On the Radar: Helping people register to vote
October 1, 2019
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Do you work with people who are poor or marginalized? On October 21, Canadians will elect the next federal government. And many marginalized people may not be on the voters' list.

This month's On the Radar describes some steps you can take to help someone exercise their right to vote.

On the Radar: Changes affecting victims of violent crime
September 23, 2019
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As of October 1, 2019, the Ontario government is replacing criminal injuries compensation for victims of violent crime with the Victim Quick Response Program. This new program may help pay for certain expenses if a victim has no other money to pay for them.

This special edition of On the Radar looks at how the government describes the new program and some of the changes for victims.

On the Radar: What tenants can do about "renovictions"
September 18, 2019
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Tenants living in older, more affordable units may find themselves being asked to move out so the landlord can do major repairs or renovations.

This month's On the Radar looks at what tenants can do in these situations.

On the Radar: The role and expanded mandate of Ontario's Ombudsman
August 6, 2019
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People with complaints about Ontario government services and programs may be able to get help from the Ombudsman's office.

This month's On the Radar talks about the role of Ontario's Ombudsman, highlights from the latest annual report, and new responsibilities that the office has. And we tell you about related information you'll find on Steps to Justice.

On the Radar: Policing, racialized communities, and street checks
July 2, 2019
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In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Canada considered how people's experiences with the police may be affected by belonging to a racialized community or living in a low-income neighbourhood.

This month's On the Radar looks at the Court's decision and Ontario's laws on street checks by police.

On the Radar - Elder abuse: Awareness and action
June 5, 2019
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To mark Seniors' Month, the June edition of On the Radar shares some key information about elder abuse.

On the Radar - Changes to fees in Ontario courts
May 1, 2019
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On April 1, 2019, fees that people pay to use Ontario’s courts went up. Some increases are as small as $1. But some are much larger, even double what they were.

This month’s On the Radar outlines some of these increases and what people can do if they can't afford the fees.

On the Radar - The right to be paid for training or trial shifts
April 1, 2019
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Before making a job offer, employers sometimes ask people to work trial shifts or show up for training. In some industries, for example, the restaurant business, trial shifts are not unusual.

This month's On the Radar highlights what the Employment Standards Act (ESA) says about the right to be paid for work. The ESA applies to most employees in Ontario.